Chris Walz first got interested in the guitar as a teenager through the music of the early Country Blues players like Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Willie McTell. He plays and teaches this style to this day. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1987 and moving to Chicago in 1988, Chris worked as an actor and musician with the Goodman, Court, Shakespeare Rep, About Face and other theatres in Chicago. In 1990 Chris toured nationally as Woody in “Woody Guthrie's American Song”, later playing the role at both the Northlight and Briar Street theatres. In 1996 he joined the teaching staff at the Old Town School of Folk Music and has been there ever since. Always interested in Bluegrass, he developed his flatpicking and in 1997 Chris began a three and a half year touring stint with the Special Consensus Bluegrass Band and is on two of their recordings; Our Little Town and the 25th Anniversary Album. When not performing solo, Chris is a full time member of Weavermania, The Mark Dvorak Trio and Long Journey Home with Keith Baumann. Chris now divides his time between teaching at OTS and performing.